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Wavehopper - Big Bay Brewing Co.

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 12-14-2010)
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Photo of MrPhield
4.78/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in signature 16oz Kolsch glass, with big fluffy head crowning almost an inch over the brim of the glass. a pale straw color, very subtle fruity notes from kolsch yeast.
Taste is amazing! a creamy start, with a little hoppy punch, from Perle and Hersbrucker, not too much thou because the body of the beer is light, just the right amount!!
mouth feel is bigger that the beer looks, because of the wheat. it was a nice surprise.
over all i love this beer, and this is coming from someone that likes having a bruised tongue after drinking a beer. this beer has great flavor notes that work with each other. so instead of bruising my tongue after one i can bruise my liver after having 6.

I had it again, This time I bought a 6pk from Woodman's. I stand by my Earlier statement. This will be a great everyday beer all year round for me.

MrPhield, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of 1DAC3
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wavehopper is a very nice American Kolsh style beer. It has a nice creaminess with a subtle hoppy finish. This will do very well during a Chicago summer. In addition, I love the marketing of life on the water and the white caps. I grew up vacationing in the great lakes region and have a boat in Chicago.

1DAC3, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of ChefFelipe11
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lightest of all Big Bay Beers but not a light beer. I would consider this beer a li-dium body...Haha. Yes Li-dium body its in between the two. The taste is good again well balanced very social type of beer. When in Germany, you can compare this beer to Fruhl (Cologne) and the Kolsch style wouldnt be able to be distinguished. Overall a great beer! Its now selling in Illinois!!

ChefFelipe11, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of beagle75
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and scattered solitary bubbles rise frequently in the column.

S: Powerfully grassy noble hops are allowed to spread expansively in the nose, fairly dripping wet herbaceous qualities. Malt is very light and bright, accommodating to the featured hops in a traditional way. The smell is clean, save for a trace of sulfur with questionable origins.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined pilsner malt that lends a breath of sweetness, as well as mild hop aromatics that hay. Acidity is moderate, adding an accent of brightness that joins other similar layers. Short-lived herbaceous aromatics are greener during the middle, as malt begins to crouch for a late pounce. The finish, while very mildly bitter, shows resonating husky malt that stays light but leaves a bold presence.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced and lively on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: As an introduction to Big Bay Brewing Co. this beer makes an outstanding first impression. Hops are allowed to shine, while the beer remains balanced and even aggressively malty at times for such a typically-understated style. A Citra- or Amarillo-hopped version of this beer could be a Gumballhead-killer.

beagle75, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Beerlover, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Strix
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, frothy initial head that leaves some lacing.

Grassy and pilsnery hops, quite fresh smelling, the slightest hint of a skunkier note, but hardly noticable.

Pilsnery malt highlighted by some grassy herbaly hops. Lemon. Cheerios. Grass. Very crisp.

Medium-full mouthfeel, crisp carbonation.

Maybe I was just in the mood, but was really refreshing and drinkable and just hit the spot. Balanced and tasty. I'm impressed, I'll have to seek out more Big Bay.

Strix, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Swonkie
4/5  rDev +19%

Swonkie, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of yankinwis
4/5  rDev +19%

yankinwis, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +19%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of sami
4/5  rDev +19%

sami, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Garwood64
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Kolsch style glass:
Appearance- nice straw color with bright white head, good foam retention and lacing.

Smell- subtle but good notes of malt, wheat, hops.

Taste- a little thin in comparison to some of the German Kolsch tasted but nice balance with a touch of sweetness coming out in concert with the hops.

Mouthfeel- good, no residue or grain textures

Overall- potential for a "go to beer" when not feeling adventurous

Garwood64, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Fcolle2
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw in color with moderate carbonation and a white soapy head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Nose has grainy straw malt notes with a hint of sweetness, slightly spicy hops and a big straw backbone.

Taste follows the nose. Grain and straw notes are forward. While the flavor is light, it is robust and delicious lots of great grainy qualities that the clean herbal hops play nicely with.

Mouthfeel is great for a hot day. Light, crisp clean and lots of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Fcolle2, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
4.8% ABV, no date.

A - Wavehopper is pale straw yellow in color with brilliant clarity and a billowing cloud-white head. Magnificent retention eventually leads to a plateauing pile and sticky lace clutching the glass like foamy waves lapping the shore.

S - Crisp and open like an afternoon trolling the lake in the breeze, this aroma starts with a grainy pale malt nose with sweet notes of pilsner malt, finishing with a touch of buttery diactyl and sea salt.

T - Dry straw and husky malt make a splash but the ripples die out as the pilsner sweetness rolls in. More butter diactyl joins the party but this beer finishes off with a clean hop addition of floral noble-like hops.

M - Wavehopper is light-bodied and moderately carbonated though slick on the palate, it almost finishes with a lager-like crispness, though not quite there. A tingle of dry, lightly hoppy bitterness for balance enters just before a pinch of minerals and salt beckons for another sip.

O - There's no question that Wavehopper is an entry-level beer that's more or less designed for the masses but, make no mistake, it's fashioned well. This will appeal to the everyman while dropping in enough flavor for the person looking for an easy-drinking, flavorful "light" beer. This is one of my go-to summer beers, especially when wake boarding!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear pale yellow color with a fresh 1 finger white head with a good amount of lacing thru-out

S- was lemon citrus baked bread with a nice amount of crisp noble hops

T- noble hops first crisp,floral with lemon citrus , next were light caramel baked bread malts

M- crisp and sweet with a dry finish of sweet malts and noble hops

O- very fresh and delicious tasted like euro pils

gatornation, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stumbled on this by chance a local that's been carrying some new beers. Interesting that it's a brew-pub beer contracted by Point.

A -- Clear, very pale gold/yellow with a pretty firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Grainy malts with a mellow fruitiness. Vaguest sulfur in the background.

T -- Light grainy to bready malts up front, same fruit character follows then finishes with good bready character and a light balance of spicy hops.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and light body.

O -- A very nice, clean and crisp beer -- delicate flavor and body with no faults showing thru -- talk about a difficult beer to brew. Perfect for summer afternoons at the grill. I'll have to remember this in a few months.

steveh, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- a rich golden yellow with a nice thick frothy white head. very bubbly and with a good amount of light penetration.

S- smells clean and wheaty. Like spring air near a hay filed barn.

T- Has a light wheat taste and is very crisp and clean. has a almost grainy breadiness that lingers at the end. Very tasty.

M- The head which lingers for almost the entire beer, feels delightfully fluffy. It is unlike the head of many beers I have tried before. The beer itself is very crisp while at the same time seeming somewhat almost thick. very smooth.

O- One of my favorite Kolsche's yet! very drinkable while still being a full bodied delicious beer. I could easily see this being session-able while at the same time it could also be great having just one! Very surprised by this beer! Something to make Shorewood proud!

Zachtheporter, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

sgttibbs, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Miller Park in Milwaukee

A - High soapy foam that stays for a long time. Golden color and plenty of carbonation.

S - Some smell of fresh grain. Has a slight skunkiness to the scent.

T - Pleasantly refreshing flavor of fresh grain, bit of lemon tartess, and spices. Simple but tasty.

M - I thought this was a smooth beer that had a light feel and a tart finish.

O - Better than I expected since I never heard of this one. Nothing outrageous but I'd have this again.

socon67, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

enelson, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of cofeeguru
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

cofeeguru, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of arnold931
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

arnold931, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of uwmgdman
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours clear straw yellow with a thin white head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The aroma is medium-low grainy, grassy malt, a bit sweet and fruity. The flavor is moderately sweet, slightly grainy, and balanced by medium-low hop bitterness and a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-light. Overall a refreshing beer, yet still flavorful beer that is great for the summer.

uwmgdman, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of mrmitsui29
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

mrmitsui29, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Wiscivore
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of tapman
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light dusting of conditioning yeast on the bottom of the bottle, but brew is very clear, a pale yellow, light straw color with a white head that subsides to a thin smattering of lacing.

Nose is earthy and bready; lots of hops for a Kolsch, but I ain't complaining! Mildly sweet pilsner malt aroma with some dry grass, straw notes.

A decent malt backbone, though the hops remind me of cheaper euro lagers. Taste is not clean in the finish as a thin skunkiness sticks momentarily to the palate. Bitterness is moderate and a little high for the style IMO, but I don't mind it too much.

Sticky, yet a little biting. Fits the style.

A decent Kolsch, but a little young tasting compared to traditional examples of the style.

tapman, Sep 10, 2011
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Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.